Top 5 Editor’s Pick of this Week: Spend Your Week Reading on Socio-Legal Issues

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The editors of Noticebard and Academike have selected a set of five articles you must read to end your weekend right. All five articles are relevant and present a critical analysis of subjects you didn’t know you needed. Read them all, and let us know what you think about it. 

Happy Reading! 

How the Colonial and Post-colonial Morality Invisibilise Sex Workers in India?

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This piece talks about how the Indian colonial and post-colonial legislation and society tried to push sex workers in India outside the domain of the ‘ordinary’. This exclusion was part of the anglicisation of religious text by the British and Brahammanical value system.

Even after independence, the shadow of moral chastity reflected on the drafting and interpreting laws that continued to create exclusionary spaces for sex workers in India by further invisibilising them.

From criminalisation to victimisation, Shivangi Banerjee describes the derogation of sex workers in India. She argues that the idealised model of women was a making of the British colonial era and constitutional elites and explains her assertion using Rohit De’s book ‘A People’s Constitution’. Read here.

The Worst Nuclear Disasters: Navigating the Cause, History and Legality (Part I)

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This article is the first in the bi-part series, which will discuss the history and significance of the world’s worst nuclear disasters, including those orchestrated by states to cause destruction and others like the nuclear accident of Fukushima.

Chernobyl, Fukushima Daiichi, and the bombings during World War II marked the worst nuclear disasters in world history.  After Chernobyl, many assumed that the world order was beginning to restrain its ignorance. And now, it could finally tame nuclear or atomic energy to incapacitate further destruction. But Fukushima hit right at the world in a few years from Chernobyl.

In the first article, Ankita Ravikumar writes how ‘nuclear energy’ became elementary for nation-states to exhibit power. She does so by highlighting the worst nuclear disasters and locates the liability. Read the full article here.

Understanding the Modi Cabinet Reshuffle 2021: Purposeful or Appeasement? Academike Explainer

The Modi cabinet reshuffle occupied Indian media’s broadcast space at the beginning of July. While several attributed the recent reshuffle to a decisive step, some called it tokenism to undo Modi Government’s past fiascos.

The recent reshuffle shows that governments with a significant majority in the Parliament have it easier within their own parties.

The same has been evident throughout PM Modi’s two terms. In his piece, Jaibatruka Mohanta analysis the pattern of cabinet reshuffles in India in the light of the recent one.

The article will also compare the terms of three different Prime Ministers and detail the similarities between specific cabinet reshuffles from the past and present. Read the article here.

In the Fight against Corruption in Nigeria: Need for Desire and Change

This article speaks about the prevalence of corruption in Nigeria since independence.  Even though the country tried to inculcate transparency and accountability through reformations, it seems to retreat to its past. Moreover, with eclipsing free speech and failing legal machinery, corruption has only surged. 

Damilola Bajo describes the many instances of corruption in Nigeria and how they have affected democracy. In this commentary, she takes a solution-oriented approach to counter corruption, arguing how collective desire and change can propel effective policy implementation. Read More here.

 Analysing the Meaning of Cooperative Federalism in India: Idealistic or Pragmatic?

As the title suggests, this article speaks of precisely that. Yes! The article analysis the newfound meanings of cooperative federalism, highlighting its faultlines.

While the Constitution makers made efforts to make governance truly collaborative, they also conferred specific powers to the central government, giving an upper edge to the Parliament in decision making. Although the need for concentrated power at the centre was felt strongly at the moment of the Constitution’s making, a lot has changed since then. 

Aradhana Swanand details various provisions in the Constitution that allow and inhibit the full realisation of cooperative federalism. She also describes the advantages and disadvantages of effective governance in a quasi-federal state like India. Read the full piece here.

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